John Sharp is the current chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. Formerly he has served as Texas comptroller and state senator who was running for the U.S. Senate. Sharp, a Democrat, announced in December 2008 that he would run for the seat held by incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison. Hutchison later said she would not resign her seat.
He served as comptroller from 1991 to 1999. In 1986, he was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission.
Sharp is a native of Placedo, Texas, a small community on the Gulf Coast and has a master's in public administration from Texas State University.
In 1998, Sharp lost a campaign for lieutenant governor to current Gov. Rick Perry, a fellow Texas A&M alumnus. Perry later picked Sharp to lead a special commission that designed a plan to reform Texas school finance law in 2006.
During his tenure as comptroller, Sharp introduced several innovations like state government, including the Lone Star Card, the Texas Tomorrow Fund and the Texas Window on State Government, the website of the comptroller's office.